Up! good Christen folk, and listen

George Woodward

Ding-dong, ding:
Ding-dong, ding-dong:

Up! good Christen folk, and listen
How the merry church bells ring,
And from steeple
Bid good people
Come adore the new-born King:

Tell the story how from glory
God came down at Christmastide,
Bringing gladness,
Chasing sadness,
Show’ring blessings far and wide.

Born of mother, blest o’er other,
Ex Maria Virgine,
In a stable
(’Tis no fable),
Christus natus hodie.

music: from Piae Cantiones, 1582; words: George R. Woodward (1848-1934)